After the original case Det Supt Paul Williamson from West Mercia Police said: “In this case [the victim] was lucky to escape alive, but has suffered life-changing psychological and physical injuries.”
Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice Gilbart said it had been a ‘brutal, savage and degrading’ crime.
‘It was not simply that it involved a sustained attack on a defenceless victim with hammers, the violence was sadistic and took some hours,’ he said.
‘He was naked and defenceless and had his feet tied. It was also a crime carried out for money or, at the very least, a reprisal for non-payment of money.’
But he said Mahmood should have received more credit for pleading guilty to conspiracy to kidnap, false imprisonment, wounding and intentional GBH.
The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Burnett and Judge Richard Griffith-Jones, cut his 17-year sentence to 16 years and two months.